Downtown Music Publishing Pacts With Octave Music To Administer Erroll Garner Catalog
April 19, 2016 at 1:23 PM (PT)
DOWNTOWN MUSIC PUBLISHING has entered into an exclusive worldwide administration agreement with OCTAVE MUSIC PUBLISHING CORP. for the catalog of AMERICAN jazz pianist and composer ERROLL GARNER's works including the beloved standard "Misty," as well as his extensive archive of master recordings, many of which are currently unreleased.
DOWNTOWN EVP JEDD KATRANCHA commented: "We are both honored to be involved with GARNER's wonderful songs and recordings, and equally as thrilled to partner with the passionate and talented team who work tirelessly to preserve and propel his legacy."
OCTAVE MUSIC PUBLISHING and the ERROLL GARNER JAZZ PROJECT are dedicated to invigorating the musical and cultural legacy of the legendary pianist, as well as supporting AFRICAN-AMERICAN community-based jazz initiatives. After years of work restoring and digitizing hundreds of hours of master recordings, OCTAVE MUISIC and the EGJP began releasing new music from the collection this past fall. More releases are planned for 2016 as they prepare to celebrate GARNER's 95th birthday.
OCTAVE MUSIC's STEVEN SMALLOWITZ said: "OCTAVE MUSIC is excited to begin our partnership with DOWNTOWN MUSIC to restore ERROLL GARNER's music to long-time and new jazz fans around the world".
The PITTSBURGH native played with a style that straddled sophistication and swing. His film work, including the score for PAUL NEWMAN's "A New Kind Of Love," earned him a star on the HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME, but GARNER is most known as a prolific and captivating pianist. His discography boasts dozens of releases for labels like COLUMBIA, ATLANTIC and SAVOY, but he is perhaps best remembered for his 1955 live album "Concert By The Sea," a best-selling release that was expanded and consequently nominated for a GRAMMY last year.